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Senate Confirms New NLRB General Counsel

Posted in: Capital Watch

Early last month, the United States Senate voted to confirm President Trump’s nominee for general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Peter Robb, a business lawyer with the firm Downs Rachlin Martin, replaces President Obama's appointee, Richard Griffin. Robb will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting unfair labor practice cases, and will have broad discretion to determine which cases to advance.

The general counsel is also responsible for supervising the NLRB’s field offices in the processing of cases and can issue memoranda instructing field staff on how to handle cases. With Robb now in place, the Board is firmly controlled by Republican appointees and will likely provide more balanced rulings in its cases.